This is an English variation of a Welsh lullaby…

Sleep, My Child and Peace Attend Thee - English Children's Songs - England - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image


There are versions that have the 3rd line as, "Guardian angels God will send thee".

Jill Johnston wrote, "These are the lyrics I learned as a child..."

1. Sleep, my child, and peace attend thee
All through the night;
Guardian angels God will send thee
All through the night.
Soft the drowsy hours are creeping,
Hill and vale in slumber sleeping,
I my loving vigil keeping,
All through the night.

2. While the moon her watch is keeping
All through the night;
While the weary world is sleeping
All through the night.
Over thy spirit gently stealing,
Visions of delight revealing,
Breathes a pure and holy feeling,
All through the night.

3. Deep the silence round us spreading,
All through the night;
Dark the path that we are treading,
All through the night.
Still the coming day discerning,
By the hope within us burning,
To the dawn our footsteps turning,
All through the night.

4. Star of Faith the dark adorning,
All through the night;
Leads us fearless toward the morning,
All through the night.
Though our hearts be wrapped in sorrow,
From the home of dawn we borrow,
Promise of a glad tomorrow,
All through the night.

You can find a longer score here.


Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Sleep, My Child and Peace Attend Thee

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Monique Palomares for the midi music!

Thanks to Gracie Gralike for the wonderful illustration! Thanks to Jill Johnston for sending a longer version!